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Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

80% Of Palestinians Dependent On WFP Aid

Fourteen days after Israel launched its offensive on Gaza, 80% of Gaza's population is in dire need of food aid, WFP said on Friday. Although WFP is able to deliver food into Gaza, distributions are severely hampered due to security concerns, WFP spokesperson Nancy Roman said.
Le Figaro
WFP Ambassadors
9 January 2009

Drew Barrymore Says She Still Believes in Love

Despite her relationship track record, Drew Barrymore still believes in love. [...] In the past several years, Barrymore has focused more on giving back to those in need. As an ambassador for the World Food Programme, she has twice traveled to Kenya to witness the poverty and malnutrition. Last year she donated $1 million to the organization and made a short film based on her travels, viewable on her official Web site
People Magazine
Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

House passes bill recognizing Israel's right to defend itself

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza," a measure that it said reaffirms the United States' strong support for Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. [...] The bill was [...] passed amid growing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where more than 1 million Palestinians are without food and clean water, according to senior U.S. officials, citing reports from the World Food Program.
CNN
Food Security Analysis
9 January 2009

Kenya: 10 Million Risk Hunger After Harvests Fail

Ten million people risk going hungry in Kenya after harvests failed because of drought, the government said Friday. The government declared a national emergency and will lift the import duty on maize until the next major harvest, which will not be for a year in many areas. The emergency declaration allows the government to divert money from development projects to food aid and to use disaster funds that are held in reserve, said government spokesman Alfred Mutua. [...] The U.N.'s World Food Program is already feeding 1.2 million people in Kenya, said spokesman Peter Smerdon. "We do expect the numbers in need to increase significantly," he said. The last state of emergency declared because of hunger was more than four years ago.
Associated Press (AP) le Nouvel Observateur The Boston Globe
Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

People Of Lesotho Struggle With Rising Food, Fuel Prices

Article Tools Print Discuss Urban families in Lesotho, a small landlocked southern African country, are struggling to cope with rising food prices, according to a recent survey. Practically every household interviewed in a vulnerability assessment reported being affected by escalating food costs; more than half of urban households admitted borrowing food to get by, and more than 40 percent said they had been forced to cut down on meals. [...] "Food security is a chronic problem in Lesotho, but high food prices have hit people living in the peri-urban areas particularly hard," said Bhim Udas, country representative of the World Food Programme (WFP), which was involved in the survey. "Most of the people with low incomes spend 75 to 80 percent of their money only to buy food."
IRIN Sunday Independent
Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

Philippines: Rebels Bomb Electricity Tower, Official Says

Separatist rebels bombed an electricity transmission tower in the southern Philippines on Saturday, according to military spokesperson Lt. Stefani Cacho. [...] Last month, armed men attacked a U.N. truck carrying food to the southern Philippines, killing the driver's assistant, according to the U.N. World Food Program.
CNN
For Companies
9 January 2009

Takashimaya Starts Selling Love Bears

A department store chain Takashimaya starts selling Love Bears, stuffed animals that were displayed during the past Christmas Holiday season. Customers decide on the price of purchase, and a portion of the sales will be donated to WFP. This is the fourth year that the Takashimaya sells Love Bears.
Tokyo Newspaper
Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

UN High Commissioner for Human rights demands war crime investigation in Gaza

According to the United Nations World Food Programme, at least 80 percent of the population of Gaza is in need of urgent food aid. The director of WFP Josette Sheeran demands Israel allow better access for humanitarian aid to Gaza
YLE
Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

UN says it will soon resume suspended aid in Gaza

U.N. officials said Friday they will resume their suspended humanitarian aid operations in Gaza "as soon as practical," based on assurances from the Israeli Ministry of Defense that aid workers be better protected. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Friday that the Israeli military told the U.N. it "deeply regretted" the incidents that led the U.N. to suspend aid in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. The U.N. halted deliveries to the Gaza Strip on Thursday after gunfire from an Israeli tank killed an aid truck driver, and the international Red Cross said it would restrict activities after one of its drivers was injured in a similar incident. [...] With the assurances Friday that Israel will not shoot at the vehicles, the World Food Program and UNICEF can resume moving supplies into or around Gaza. Those agencies said they were still operating in the Palestinian territory, where 1 million people are without electricity and 750,000 are without running water, according to the U.N. relief agency.
International Herald Tribune
Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2009

UN Team To Explore Ways Of Supporting Security In Violence-Wracked Somalia

A U.N. team will head to the Horn of Africa next week to explore ways of supporting the African Union (A.U.) peacekeeping force in Somalia where violence sees an upsurge, U.N. said on its website Friday. The team includes the U.N. deputy special representative for Somalia, Charles Petrie, representatives from U.N. Political Office for Somalia as well as departments of peacekeeping, field support and political affairs at the UN Headquarters in New York. Talks will be held in Nairobi and Addis Ababa to discuss ways of supporting the A.U. mission as well as Somalia's transitional security forces and police. [...] Thursday the World Food Programme reported one staff member was shot dead by gunmen near the capital Mogadishu, the second killing of its worker in the country within three days.
Xinhua

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